Scott set to end fabulous Evart running career on a high note

EVART — Santana Scott is coming off a state championship performance in cross country and the Evart senior distance runner is bidding to carry on that success in track and field.

This season, he’s in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, plus the 4x8 and the 800.

His goal is a 4:16 in the 1,600 and around 9:35 or 9:40 in the 3,200. He’s looking to break the school record in the 3,200 and indicated he’s only seconds away from the mark. He’s anticipating the 1,600 or 3,200 will be his best events this season, and is looking to be at the top in both races by the time the season ends at the state meet.

“I want to bring up my 4x8 team so we can place at state,” he said.

Last season, Scott was second in the Division 4 state 3,200 race.

Scott said he has not decided on his future college but is leaning toward the University of Detroit-Mercy and indicated a decision is coming anytime. Other possibilities are Yale and Aquinas College, “which is a strong running school,” he said.

But it’s his final weeks as a high school athlete and Scott wants to make sure he has a special ending.

“I’m putting a lot of emphasis on practice,” he said. “It’s been pretty good weather except (certain days).”

As a team, the Wildcats expect to again be strong in distances and middle distances.

“I think we’re hoping to win the conference and regional and place in the top three in MITCA and MHSAA,” Scott said, adding all are reachable goals, “as long as everybody works hard.  Saugatuck will be another good Division 4 school. Lake City will be good in our conference, and Pine River, too.”

Evart was scheduled to be at Vestaburg on Tuesday and will be at Roscommon on Friday.